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Stephen Kovacevich is one of the most revered musicians of his generation. He has won unsurpassed admiration for his interpretation of Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart and Schubert. A Grammy nominated artist, Kovacevich has a long list of recordings for Philips and EMI. Most recently he has released, to unanimous critical praise, Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations for Onyx Classics, forty years after his first recording of the work.
11 Jun 2013
Stephen Kovacevich made a welcome return to Montreal performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.18 with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra under the baton of David Zinman...
16 May 2011
Stephen Kovacevich appears with Ensemble Orchestral de Paris on Tuesday 17 May in a programme devoted to Beethoven and Mozart. Kovacevich features as soloist with violinist Deborah Nemtanu in...
12 Jan 2011
Stephen Kovacevich travels to Beijing to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 4 with the National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra.
30 Sep 2010
Stephen Kovacevich celebrates his 70th Birthday at the Wigmore Hall and is joined on stage by friends, Martha Argerich, Khatia Buniatishvili and the Belcea Quartet. Music includes Brahms’ Piano...
20 Feb 2010
Two VWM artists have been nominated for the BBC Music Magazine Awards in 2010. Stephen Kovacevich’s CD featuring Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations on the Onyx label is nominated in the Instrumental...
20 Jul 2009
Verbier Festival hosted two VWM artists this year; Yuri Bashmet,and Stephen Kovacevich. Marie-Elisabeth joined Stephen Kovacevich and friends the for a performance of Brahms’ Quintet for Piano and...
22 Jun 2009
Stephen Kovacevich is in China for recitals in Shanghai’s Oriental Arts Centre and Beijing’s Forbidden City Music Hall on 31 May and 5 June. The programme is Schubert’s Piano Sonata in A D959 and...
10 Mar 2009
Stephen Kovacevich is in Rotterdam from 5 to 7 March for to perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 24 in C minor with the Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest under Yannick Nézét-Séguin. Following this,...
26 Jan 2009
A regular in the International Piano Series, Stephen Kovacevich appears in recital at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 26 January 2009 performing Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, the work which he...
The Australian 20 February 2012 - Feb 2012
The Observer - Feb 2009
International Piano - Apr 2009
Gramophone – Editor’s Choice - Jan 2009
The Daily Telegraph - Jan 2009
Chicago Tribune (Recital at Chicago Symphony Centre - 28 February 2010) - Feb 2010
Stephen Kovacevich is one of the most searching interpreters. As a pianist he has won unsurpassed admiration for his playing of Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart and Schubert. In addition to his long and distinguished career as a soloist he has conducted for many years, winning warm praise for his work with orchestras throughout the world in repertoire from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Stephen Kovacevich has appeared with many of the world’s finest orchestras and conductors including Colin Davis, Hans Graf, Bernard Haitink, Kurt Masur, Simon Rattle and Georg Solti.
Born in Los Angeles, Stephen Kovacevich made his concert debut as a pianist at the age of eleven. When he was eighteen he moved to England to study with Dame Myra Hess. Since then his international reputation has been built both on his concert appearances, renowned for their thoughtfulness and re-creative intensity, and on the highly acclaimed recordings he has made throughout his career.
Recent concerto highlights include a triumphant return to Montreal Symphony Orchestra ( under David Zinman), Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra (with Sylvain Cambreling), Malaysian Philharmonic (Jacek Kaspszyk), Orchestre de chambre de Paris (John Nelson) and Sydney Symphony Orchestra (Vladimir Ashkenazy). Last season saw Stephen perform to a sell out audience for his recital as part of the International Piano Series at the Queen Elisbaeth Hall in London and this season he will perform recitals at the Seoul Arts Center, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Salle Pleyel, Palau de la Musica Barcelona to name a few. Stephen also returns to Verbier and Lugano festivals in summer 2014.
Stephen Kovacevich has enjoyed two long-term relationships with recording companies, first Philips and then EMI. Great projects of his work with EMI include a compelling series of Schubert Sonatas and a set of the 32 Beethoven Sonatas completed in 2003, hailed as one of the most authoritative ever recorded. One critic described The Hammerklavier as: ‘an unflinching, sometimes combative view of a titanic masterpiece, and a version to be spoken of in the same breath as those of Brendel, Gilels and Pollini...’ Kovacevich announces the music’s potency from the first bar. He also worked extensively with Colin Davis recording the Piano Concertos of Beethoven and Brahms and most notably Bartok’s Piano Concerto No.2.
In 2009 Stephen Kovacevich released, to unanimous critical praise, Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations for Onyx Classics, exactly forty years after his first recording of the work for Philips in 1968. The Financial Times wrote, ’a temperamental, almost explosive approach that resonates with rhythmic and nervous energy but also leaves room for elegance, wit and introspection. Kovacevich’s journey is always engrossing and never less than Beethovenian.’ This recording won the 2009 Classic FM Gramophone Editor’s Choice Award.
Stephen Kovacevich is a committed chamber music player who, from the beginning of his career, collaborated with Jacqueline du Pré for their celebrated recording of Beethoven’s Sonatas No. 3 and 5. Other past and present partners include Steven Isserlis, Gautier Capuçon, Renaud Capuçon, Kyung-wha Chung, Truls Mørk, Emmanuel Pahud, Anna Larsson, Khatia Buniatishvili, Belcea Quartet, Philippe Graffin, Alina Ibragimova and Martha Agerich.
Released on Onyx Classics, January 2009
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